In today’s Ag News Roundup, more Washington flocks affected by bird flu, songbird numbers dwindling, ballot could redefine animal cruelty in Oregon, experts discuss farmer costs and commodity needs, and birds may be warning others of food shortages.
More Washington Flocks Affected by Bird Flu
The avian influenza has been found in 27 flocks in Washington state as of early July. It’s estimated that the flu has claimed more than 1,500 birds. According to the Capital Press, the Washington Department of Agriculture is urging bird owners to refrain from participating in fairs, exhibits, and poultry auctions.
Survey Finds Songbird Numbers Dwindling
According to an Oregon State University study published in the journal Diversity, some charismatic songbird numbers have dramatically declined in recent years.
Ballot Could Redefine Animal Cruelty in Oregon
From the Eastern Oregonian, a ballot initiative in Oregon could bring the controversial Abuse, Neglect and Assault Exemptions Modification and Improvement Act to Oregon voters in 2024. The law could remove exemptions for farmers and ranchers.
Experts Discuss Farmer Costs and Commodity Needs
In a podcast from the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, experts talk about how to help farmers balance increased costs with commodities.
Birds Could Warn Others of Food Shortages
According to a study from Oregon State University, songbirds learn from other birds about food supplies. The study found that this communication changes bird physiology as well as behavior.